The UN General Assembly decided to cut the budget for peacekeeping operations in 2018. So far, the UN member countries have assigned 6.8 billion U.S. dollars to fund 14 ongoing missions; another 500 million will be allocated by the end of the year – to support another two operations in Haiti and Sudan.
Foreign media assume that the decision was promoted by the U.S., the major sponsor of these operations. Washington initially intended to cut the budget by 1 billion dollars, but the EU insisted that the overall sum would be decreased by 600 million, which equals 7.3 billion dollars.
The leading sponsors of UN peacekeeping operations, apart from the U.S. are China, Japan, Germany and France.